Last year in early October I found myself going to the emergency department. At first I thought I had food poisoning but when my discomfort persisted I knew there was something wrong. I went to the emergency department with thoughts that they would say I had a stomach flu or something like that. The doctors started to run tests and blood work. They hooked me up to IV and started sending in different specialists. Then they told me I'd have to stay over night for observation. During the night I was poked every few hours for blood work and then bright and early in the morning the Hematologist came to see me and said that they were going to admitt me because my platelets were so low and had been dropping . He was concerned because I could bleed internally and not even realize it which could cause some serious damage so they wanted to keep in hospital until my platelets went back to 'normal'.
I was admitted to hospital but because there was a bed shortage they had to keep me in the emergency department until a bed became available. After two days in emergency they had a bed for me but it was in oncology... that worried me a bit. I thought they were keeping something from me. Thankfully they quickly explained that hematology patients are treated in oncology because often they go hand in hand but that was not the case for me. When I heard this news I let out a BIG sigh of relief!
Although all the people closest to me like my hubby and my parents worried and worried about me. I knew that I would get through it. After 7 days in the hospital being pumped with "Fresh Frozen Plasma", "Intravenous Immunoglobulin", and steroids with bruises all over my body because of my low platelets, I was finally ready to go home!
Eventhough I was able to go home I was required to go for weekly blood work at the Cancer Clinic in order to monitor my platelet levels for the last year. The specialist said I have something that's called ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) which is a bleeding disorder which causes my immune system to destroy platelets which are needed for normal blood clotting. The doctor is also looking into another disease called Von Willebrand Disease which is genetic disease and has symptoms that are very similar to Hemophilia.
Why am I telling you this? I am telling you because I had a scare this week. I had all the same symptoms that landed me in the hospital last year. The scary thing about ITP is there is no real reason for it, there is no pattern, it is random and I never knew when it will strike. I don't want to have to live in fear that it will get a cut and lose a lot of blood because my platelets were low and I didn't know. I pray every day for my health but I suppose I should also be praying for peace! If I have to live with this disease, peace in knowing that He will protect me and keep me safe.